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Morristown man who traded broken computer with child porn images gets eight-year sentence

June 26th, 2013 10:01 pm by Jeff Bobo

Morristown man who traded broken computer with child porn images gets eight-year sentence

GARY MARK WRIGHT

ROGERSVILLE — A Morristown man who traded away a “broken” computer that contained 124 images of child pornography last year will be required to serve 100 percent of an eight-year prison sentence.

Gary Mark Wright, 54, 103 Anderson St., No. 3, Morristown, pleaded guilty in Hawkins County Criminal Court on June 20 to one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, a Class B felony.

Wright came to the attention of authorities in September of 2012 after trading a computer and hard drives that contained the child pornography.

Around that time Wright gave a man a computer and three hard drives in exchange for helping him move from Hawkins County to Morristown.

Wright had reportedly told the man the computer and hard drives didn’t work, but on the next weekend a female helped the man get the computer working.

On Sept. 22, 2012, the man and woman discovered 124 images on Wright’s old computer of children engaged in sexual acts.

The couple called the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office and handed over the computer and three hard drives.

The computer was then transferred to the nearest ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) agent, Detective Michael O’Keefe with the Morristown Police Department.

O’Keefe completed a forensic analysis of the computer on Oct. 31, 2012, that concluded that there were child pornography images on all three hard drives — 124 images in all.

Other guilty pleas heard recently in Hawkins County by Judge John Dugger include: 

•William Britton Hatley, 62, 216 Kinley Lane, Rogersville, who was sentenced June 20 to a total of 11 years for three counts of aggravated sexual battery against a child.

As part of the plea agreement, Hatley will serve an eight-year sentence for one count with a 60 percent release eligibility consecutive to a three-year sentence with a 30 percent release eligibility. The three sexual batteries occurred between May and July 2010 when the child was 11; between July and October 2010 when the child was 12; and between October and December 2010 when the child was 12.

•Howard John Edwards, 31, no address available, who was sentenced June 20 to four years with a 35 percent release eligibility and fined $500 for aggravated statutory rape.

•Gregory Daniel Locke, 37, 102 Bowlin Lane, Rogersville, who was sentenced June 20 to nine years, fined $4,925, and ordered to pay $900 restitution for initiating the process to manufacture meth, promoting the manufacture of meth, simple possession of meth and theft over $500.

•Angela Michelle Collier, 35, 101-B Lyons Park Ave., Church Hill, who was sentenced June 20 to two years and one day and fined $6,335 for two counts of possession of Schedule III narcotics with intent to deliver, possession of Schedule IV narcotics with intent to deliver, simple possession of marijuana, and violation of the seat belt law.

•Robert Lee Jones, 50, 133 Widow Hollow Road, Rogersville, who was sentenced June 20 to seven years and fined $3,550 for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, maintaining a dwelling for drug use, simple possession of Schedule II narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony.

•Ronnie Dale Munsey, 42, 228 Country Place Road, Bean Station, who was sentenced June 20 to eight years and fined $4,825 for initiating the process to manufacture meth, promoting the manufacture of meth and simple possession of meth.

•Stanley Reid Hart, 38, 123 Woodland Lane, Lot 7, Church Hill, who was sentenced June 21 to eight years and fined $2,225 for initiating the process to manufacture meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

•Melvin Oliver Skelton, 37, 131 Lynch Road, Church Hill, who was sentenced June 21 to 10 years and fined $6,225 for initiating the process to manufacture meth, two counts of promoting the manufacture of meth, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

•Jason Daniel Berry, 35, 276 Hickory Hill Road, Church Hill, who was sentenced June 21 to eight years and fined $4,725 for initiating the process to manufacture meth, possession of Schedule II narcotics with intent to deliver, maintaining a dwelling for drug use and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• LeAnn Cathy Reynolds, 36, 123 Woodland Lane, Lot 7, Church Hill, who was sentenced June 21 to four years and fined $2,225 for facilitation to initiate the process of manufacturing meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

•Anthony Shane Seals, 37, 240 Marble Hall Road, Rogersville, who was sentenced June 21 to nine years with 365 days to be served in jail and the remainder on probation, and fined $2,225 for possession of cocaine with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.


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